The Irish PEN Committee

Writing.ieChair: Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin

Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin runs The Inkwell Group, Ireland’s leading publishing consultancy and is a literary scout for leading agents in Ireland and the UK. Vanessa is the founder Ireland’s online writing resources magazine She has compiled various charity anthologies and in her own right writes crime fiction as bestselling author Sam Blake. She is represented by Simon Trewin at WME. Vanessa is also the founder of the Murder One, Ireland’s International Crime Writing Festival.

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Frank Geary: Chair of PEN Subcommittee on Freedom to Write

Frank is the Director of the Irish Development Education Association having joined them in March 2013 from PEN International. He is responsible for leading the organisation, implementing the IDEA Strategy, managing staff and reporting to the National Council. Frank is engaged in all aspects of IDEA’s activities, in particular in representing the association in various networks and fora, in promoting Development Education nationally and internationally and in advocacy on behalf of IDEA.

Membership secretary: Pádraig Hanratty

Author of Talking Squirrel Blues, editor and founder of QUIP Editing Solutions Pádraig Hanratty is a vital member of the PEN team. Contact him at

An editor, proofreader, writer and instructional designer, Pádraig is a member of the AFEPI.

Timmy CTreasurer: Timmy Conway

Timmy has an Accountancy practice in Naas with his two brothers Donie and Chris.Timmy is also an extremely talented writer who has published six Poetry books, along with a Christmas CD and three novels. He lives with his wife Catherine and their five children at Thomastown, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland. His books include, Five North Main Street, Comrade Tom, Mam and The Game of Politics.

fr_hj_gaughan1 President: J Anthony Gaughan
J Anthony Gaughan, PhD, D.Litt, is a parish priest, writer and historian. He has published 27 books across  a wide range of subjects. His most recent publication is;The Archbishops, Bishops and Priests of the Archdiocese of Dublin; 1900-2011.

His website is

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